In Honor of Frances Wells Vroom
Diagnosed during her freshman year of college in 1926, Frances Wells Vroom understood very well the challenges of living with diabetes and dedicated much of her adut life to finding ways to help people with diabetes, especially children.
For thousands of Nejeda alumni, her greatest legacy was her role in the creation of Camp Nejeda. As Chairman of the New Jersey Diabetes League, Mrs. Vroom worked closely with parents and with the physicians of the New Jersey Diabetes Association to establish Camp Nejeda in 1958, which has since beome a "home away from home" for generations of families affected by type 1 diabetes.
Mrs. Vroom's efforts were recognized in 1966 at the twenty-sixth Annual Meeting of the ADA, when she was named as "Outstanding Layman of the Year," an honor conferred on the non-professional considered to have contributed most toward the well-being of people with diabetes.
The July-August 1966 issue of the ADA's "Forecast" magazine featured an article written by Mrs. Vroom about her experience living with diabetes and her efforts to serve others.
We continue to be inspired by Mrs. Vroom's efforts -- and those of all the camp's founders -- to help children with diabetes to live healthier, happier lives.